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Honor James

World Cup 2013 ticket sales benefitting from Olympic effect

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Rugby League World Cup 2013 has continued to build on strong initial ticket sales at the box office. Tickets for all of the ‘Big Three’ of Rugby League World Cup Final, the Opening Ceremony and the Wembley semi-final double-header continue to sell really well and other venues are also contributing to impressive sales figures.

Following extraordinary demand for the Early Bird tickets, which sold out over Christmas, organisers extended the deadline to allow more buyers to benefit from the offer. The response has been overwhelming and 35,000 tickets have now gone for the Rugby League World Cup Final.

At Old Trafford, Wembley Stadium and the Millennium Stadium where the Opening Ceremony and the England v Australia and Wales v Italy double-header takes place, RLWC2013’s ticketing team have had to open whole new areas of the stadiums for sale.

There is also good news from Rochdale, where Fiji play Ireland in Group A and less than 200 seats remain on sale in the Main Stand. The England v Ireland match at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield on November 2 is also exceeding expectations with category 1 tickets having already sold out. Encouragingly, England’s final Group A game against Fiji at the KC Stadium in Hull on November 9 has also nearly sold out of Category 1 tickets.

Sally Bolton, RLWC2013 General Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that we can announce such a solid start to 2013, the year of the Rugby League World Cup. Following the success of the London Olympics we are seeing large numbers of people wanting to be part of major sporting events. The great thing for us is that many of them have never been to a Rugby League match before.

“Fans of events outside of the usual Rugby League calendar are showing they understand that waiting until the day of the game may not secure a ticket for an international tournament like RLWC2013.

“We are clearly already attracting new fans to the game: 60% of ticket-buyers buyers for the tournament and 70% of our Wembley customers have never bought tickets for a major Rugby League match before.

“It’s no surprise that the Big Three games at the Millennium Stadium, Wembley and Old Trafford are still doing so well with 35,000 tickets already gone for the final. They are the showpiece events of the tournament and fans are recognising what great value we are offering for what is the pinnacle of our sport.

“England’s growing army of fans are beginning to believe what the team could achieve at RLWC2013 and they are getting behind Steve McNamara’s men. The way ticket sales are shaping up for Cardiff, Huddersfield and Hull I’d advise any England fan not to wait but to make sure they get their tickets now.”

To make sure you don’t miss out, book your tickets today visit www.rlwc2013.com

or call the 24 hour Ticket Hotline 0871 847 2013.

Twitter: #rlwc2013 @rlwc2013

Facebook: /rugbyleagueworldcup

Martin Johnston

RLWC2013 Communications Manager

Tel: + 44 (0)7748 46966 / 0844 887 1730

Email: martin.johnston@rlwc2013.com

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I much prefer to see an actual figure of 35,000 mentioned,rather than simply selling well,up on last year,record numbers etc.So far so good.

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I have my tickets, have you !??

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35,000 tickets for the final is fantastic at this stage. The whole handling of the World Cup has been a notch or two above what we're used to seeing. Looking forward to Cardiff and Wembley especially.

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2000 RLWC Final had 44,329... so we're on track to beat that well before the tournament kicks off which is a fantastic effort.

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2000 RLWC Final had 44,329... so we're on track to beat that well before the tournament kicks off which is a fantastic effort.

Yep - when have we ever had 35k sales for an event 9 months in advance - when there is a chance that it will be NZ v Australia.

I think it's a brilliant effort - the focus on the big events seems to be a good tactic.

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2000 RLWC Final had 44,329... so we're on track to beat that well before the tournament kicks off which is a fantastic effort.

The 44,000 figure inculded a lot of freebies as well (I think it was 10,000 or so in the MEN, can anyone confirm?), so 35,000 actual sales at this stage is great. Thats probably more than were actually 'sold' for the 2000 RLWC final.

It would be great if it sold out before the finalists were known.

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The World Cup has been round schools and major employers in Halifax today, think they have been doing deals to bulk sell tickets to the schools etc

It also went to the LLoyds head office and sold tickets to staff

Pro-active - nice to see

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The World Cup has been round schools and major employers in Halifax today, think they have been doing deals to bulk sell tickets to the schools etc

It also went to the LLoyds head office and sold tickets to staff

Pro-active - nice to see

Italy play at Halifax and they are likely to be like an Australian 2nd team. That's a very attractive fixture and hopefully will attract a good gate.

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When the kick-off times are announced (whenever that may be!), that should spur a few more ticket sales too …

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